Brittaney Bailey tests a person for COVID-19 in West Valley City on Friday, April 8, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Utah could jump to 2,000 a day by mid-June — more than four times the current daily average — and remain that high for at least another month, according to the latest modeling by the Utah Department of Health.

That trajectory could signal a resumption of state testing, treatments and vaccinations for the virus that ended for the general public in March, said Sam LeFevre, the state health department’s Office of Communicable Diseases director, who ran the projections Friday.

“We don’t want to scare the public, so I’m not going to tell you what it is,” LeFevre told the Deseret News when asked what specifically would trigger the state to take action under the “steady state” pandemic response put in place earlier this year by Gov. Spencer Cox, who announced Thursday he’s tested positive for COVID-19.

“We’re not there yet, but the trigger would be to start reevaluating,” LeFevre said, because the state is seen as “heading towards an emergency or we could hit it and we want to make sure that we are actually starting to think about, OK, what do we need to do” to be ready.

That includes being able to pick up COVID-19 services again that have been largely turned over to private providers, he said, as well as ensuring that Utah’s hospitals are equipped to handle what could be an overwhelming number …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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